Creating a life that reflects your values and satisfies your soul is a rare achievement. In a culture that relentlessly promotes avarice and excess as the good life, a person happy doing his own work is usually considered an eccentric, if not a subversive. Ambition is only understood if it’s to rise to the top of some imaginary ladder of success. Someone who takes an undemanding job because it affords him the time to pursue other interests and activities is considered a flake. A person who abandons a career in order to stay home and raise children is considered not to be living up to his potential-as if a job title and salary are the sole measure of human worth. You’ll be told in a hundred ways, some subtle and some not, to keep climbing, and never be satisfied with where you are, who you are, and what you’re doing. There are a million ways to sell yourself out, and I guarantee you’ll hear about them.
--Bill Watterson (via brennanmckissick)
Had an early dinner at Early Bird Breakfast Club with @marklouie8. Eggs Benedict is truly sumptuous. This is I think the first time I had breakfast for dinner! 🍴
Determined to brush up on my Mandarin in the most enjoyable way I can come up with: by reading subtitles and song lyrics!😅
The Resorts World branch of TWG is huge! Had so much fun feeling all fancy and smelling their teas while waiting for our orders this afternoon. I’d love to have a small package of Weekend in Saint Tropez or Race Day tea for my birthday this month, heehee! (Tried Sweet Romance tea earlier, it tasted lovely too.)
If you stumble about believability, what are you living for? Love is hard to believe, ask any lover. Life is hard to believe, ask any scientist. God is hard to believe, ask any believer. What is your problem with hard to believe?
--Yann Martel, Life of Pi
Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else.
--Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities
Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.
--John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
What if angels did not pay attention to
All the things that we wished they would always do
What if happiness came in a cardboard box
Then I think there is something we all forgot
What would happen if presents all went away
Tell me what would you find
Christmas Must Be Something More by Taylor Swift is one of my favorite songs for the holidays. I want to post a Christmas playlist on my blog soon!
Score composed by: Christophe Beck
Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear. The brave may not live forever, but the cautious do not live at all. From now on you’ll be traveling the road between who you think you are and who you can be. The key is to allow yourself to make the journey.
--Edward Renaldi from his letter to Princess Mia Thermopolis for her 16th birthday in the Disney movie The Princess Diaries
Let us cry for the spilt milk, by all means, if by doing so
we learn how to avoid spilling any more. Let us cry for the
spilt milk, and remember how, and where, and why, we spilt it.
Much wisdom is learnt through tears, but none by forgetting
--Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton
My Gilded Nest
I would like to share one of my favorite local accessory brands, My Gilded Nest. I still remember…
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Christmas at home
This Christmas, my family put up a slim pine tree at home for the very first time since we moved here nine years ago.